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  • 2010Humanities 30Erin Peck[Confusion, FRustration and Differences][Type the abstract of the document here. The abstract is typically a short summary of the contents of the document. Type the abstract of the document here. The abstract is typically a short summary of the contents of the document.]<br />In Peter Jackson’s film, The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King, he uses many different characters to create and demonstrate his ideas of how individuals struggle to restore honour and certainty. These characters show the viewer that individuals struggle due to outside forces, but also within themselves, a good example of this controlling idea is Boromir, who constantly struggles to restore his honour within himself, and from his father. Jackson also demonstrates how individuals struggle to restore their honour and certainty using the hobbits, Sam and Frodo, who we find continuing their journey to Mount Doom, with the “help” of Sméagol, to destroy the Ring. These three characters show us the struggle between an individual against outside forces, which cause them to struggle against themselves as well, in the fact that they becomes confused, frustrated as well as with difference amongst and individual and those around them. <br />Peter Jackson also uses Sam and Frodo as strong examples to develop his ideas about individuals struggling to restore honour and certainty. Frodo is undoubtedly the main character of the plot, but he is not left without his best friend, Sam, who stays with him the entire quest, even after he realizes that they are going to meet their certain death. Frodo’s main struggle is against the Ring and how it tries to take over and control his mind. Sam struggles to hang on to his internal honour and stay with Frodo, protecting his honour and certainty as well. Sam’s internal honour will be restored by his ability to save Frodo from the power of the Ring. Once Frodo and Sam reach Mordor, there is no certainty any longer. They have no idea whether they will make it home alive or not, but they still are willing to risk their lives to protect their honour from which they have encompassed since receiving this quest to destroy the Ring and save Middle Earth. With the help of Sam he is able to finish the quest but not without many obstacles trying to get in the way. As the pair overcome obstacles together, they both struggle individually with confusion, frustration, and differences.<br />Most of the confusion and frustration they are faced with comes from one source, Sméagol, who agreed to lead Sam and Frodo through Mordor to Mount Doom and is not what he appears to be. We are led to think that Sméagol is honest and trustworthy, unlike the other side of him, Golem, but that is not the case, many times Sméagol tries to lead the two through danger and even plots against them. Sméagol can see that without Sam, Frodo would not be able to carry the weight of the Ring, and that its powers would cause Frodo to fail. Sam becomes frustrated with Frodo because it seems that he is beginning to trust Sméagol more than Sam. During many cases of this happening Sméagol has done something to frame Sam, which makes him look like a traitor to the trio. Sméagol also manages to convince Frodo to believe that Sam is plotting against him and Frodo demands that Sam leave. Sam knows that Sméagol is lying, but still walks away from Frodo confused by what to do. After this happens, and Sam discovers the truth, he returns to Frodo and explains what really happened. Frodo is willing to bring Sam back so easily because he knows the power of the Ring and that Sméagol is in his own struggle against the power of the Ring as well, because the Ring used to be his and his is still pulled to it. As they move closer to Mount Doom and the origin of the Ring it becomes heavier and pulls more on those that are under its power, which for Sméagol means that he begins to want it back even more, and he can see how weak it is making Frodo, and how hard he is having to struggle with it. <br />Differences cause the two to struggle as well, because Sam wants more than anything to help Frodo, and help carry the load, but he cannot. The power of the Ring is too strong and Frodo knows that he needs Sam to be free from it, in order to finish the quest. At one point Frodo does consider giving the Ring to Sam even for a short while, but he pulls back because he knows exactly what will happen. Both would fall under the power of the Ring and the need for both of them, along with the mischievous efforts from Smeagol, would drive them apart and they would fail the quest. Frodo has to carry the load in order to hang onto the threads of certainty he has in his best friend. He needs Sam to stay free because he knows that Sam will need to be there in the end to save him from eternal darkness and despair. It is hard for Sam to accept this but he does understand why he cannot help Frodo. <br />Another character which Peter Jackson uses to show how individuals struggle is Boromir who is in an ongoing effort trying to convince his father, Denethor, that he is a worthy and honorable member of the family, and that he can take his father’s place is he is to die. Boromir, who tried to do and good thing to prove himself to his father, by bringing the Ring, Sméagol, Frodo and Sam to him, but ended up losing his brother Faramir in a battle against the Orcs. This did not help his situation at all. It only caused his father to disapprove of him even more; enough for his father to believe that his family line was over and there was absolutely no hope for it to continue onwards. Again in the Return of the King, we find that Gondor is going to be attacked by Sauron’s Army once again and they are preparing for battle. It is up to Denethor to rally up the men of the city and get them to defend it, but as the moment comes Denethor’s weakness prevails and he runs for cover. At this point Denethor has decided that all is lost and he is going to die so he sets up a pyre, for which he and Boromir will both burn on. It seems that all hope is gone, and that Boromir has lost in his struggle to regain his honour, because Boromir is captured by the guards and placed on the pyre unconscious. <br />Like Sam and Frodo, Boromir struggles with honour and certainty because of frustration, confusion and differences. His father being the main cause of all the latter traits which lead him to risk his life, in order to protect himself, his honour and his certainty. Sam and Frodo appear to struggle against all evil, from the unruly acts of Sméagol to the power of the Ring and everything in between. Peter Jackson uses these characters to develop his ideas about an individual’s struggle to restore honour and certainty within themselves against outside forces.<br />